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In South Africa’s Western Cape Province, Italian multinational power manufacturer and distributer, Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has completed and connected to the grid the Paleisheuwel photovoltaic (PV) power plant.

This PV plant makes it the company’s largest power plant currently in operation in the country.

Enel power plant proves economically viable

With an installed generation capacity of 82.5MW, the plant is able to generate more than 153GWh per year, equivalent to the annual energy consumption needs of around 48,000 South African households, the Italian firm said in a company statement.

In addition to clean generated power, the plant could offset an estimated 140,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere each year.

[quote]The generated clean power will be supplied to state-owned power utility Eskom, through a 20-year power purchase agreement.

This agreement falls under the department of energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) tender, promoted by the South African government, which was later awarded to the Enel Group.

SA REIPPP programme

In 2015, EGP RSA was awarded a further five wind projects for a total capacity of 705MW following the fourth phase of the REIPPPP tender process.

The subsidiary currently owns and operates the 10MW Upington PV power plant situated in the Northern Cape province, and has a further 430MW of projects currently under construction, which are the Adams (82.5MW), Pulida (82.5MW) and Tom Burke (66MW) photovoltaic plants and the Nojoli (88MW) and Gibson Bay (111MW) wind farms.

Once all these projects are completed, Enel’s total capacity in the country will be around 1.2GW.